Our data commons helps new users of the aleph tools to easily get access to some key open datasets that might be helpful in building an investigative archive.
Sanctions lists, databases of politicians and criminal figures can be a good way to find leads within other data, using cross-referencing. The OpenSanctions project generates consolidated sanctions data from multiple sources, and provides the entries as Follow the Money (FtM) data.
The International Consortium of Investigative Journalists has published data from its major investigations, including the Offshore Leaks (2013), Panama Papers (2016) and Paradise Papers (2017).
We’ve developed a set of importers that convert this data to FollowTheMoney format, available here: https://github.com/alephdata/offshoreleaks